Residents throughout upstate
Those purple bags are actually traps and are hung to determine where a very small, but very destructive beetle that has invaded the
“The purple, and there are green ones out there as well, are used to try and detect this insect and find out if it’s in the area, if they find it’s in the area we try and get rid of the insect at a low-level population,” said Senior Forester for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Glen Roberts.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is native to
This small, slender beetle is usually bronze, golden, or reddish green, with darker metallic emerald green wing covers is threatening the many varieties of Ash trees all over the
Glen Roberts hopes that the DEC and other conservation groups, “can find the insect before it gets out of control.”
These include the green, white, black, and blue ash species, the mountain ash is not a true Ash tree, because of that it is not affected.
The EAB is responsible for the death of millions of Ash Trees according to Roberts, “the insect is raising havoc on the ash trees.”
Signs that an Ash tree has been infested by the EAB are difficult to identify. The decline of the trees health is usually gradual and can be seen in early stages when branches die near the top of the tree.
Roberts said the Emerald Ash Borer, “Attacks the tree by getting inside the tree, into the cambium area, and that cuts off the flow of water and nutrients up and down the tree.” This occurs in the larva stage, and once the bug has developed enough it will exit the Ash tree leaving only a small hole behind.
A way of identifying whether or not a tree has been infested by the EAB is seeing D-shaped holes where the bug has exited the tree or bark splits exposing S-shaped tunnels according to Roberts.
“The damage is hard to detect. You may not notice the insect being there until you have a real problem,” said Roberts.
For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer stay tuned with Holly Boname on MyABC50.com as she follows this story.
More information will be provided on how to stop the spread of this invasive insect and what you can do to prevent Ash tree damage.